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11 Essentials for the Best Pool Party Staycation with Your Squad

by Macy Alcaraz
September 13, 2018

There’s nothing quite like chilling poolside with a cocktail in hand, hanging with your best buds.

The good news is that there’s no need to travel far to live your best life. Are you planning your next mini-vacay in the city with friends or fam? Throw a rocking pool party and put together the best staycation ever by making sure all these elements are in place.

Lush greenery to set the mood

Outdoor pools are not uncommon in hotels, but Y2 Residence Hotel’s lush greens and 360-degree view of the Makati skyline definitely add a refreshing vibe. Feel instantly relaxed while lounging by the pool and checking out the view.

Y2 Residence Hotel
4687 Santiago St. cor. Valdez & Singian Sts., Makati
(Near Makati Avenue and Century City Mall)
(02) 224 3000 local 3088 & 3087

Options for people who don’t swim

Let’s face it, not everyone will be a fan of the pool, especially if they can’t swim. But if your venue has amenities like a game room for a different kind of pool, your staycation won’t be a total bust. Whether it’s a round of billiards, mini-golf, or catching up on the latest UAAP games, The Exchange Regency has something for you!

The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel
Exchange Drive cor. Meralco Avenue
Ortigas, Pasig
(02) 312 9999

A well-stocked bar

Who isn’t down for a steady stream of cocktails by the pool or knocking back a few cold ones while admiring the view? Lucky for you, there’s the Verona Roof Deck Bar situated on the same floor as Privato Hotel Ortigas’ swimming pool. You’ve got a beautiful view of the city skyline to toast to just as the sun sets. How’s that for a gorgeous ending to your poolside shindig?

Privato Hotel Ortigas
706 Shaw Boulevard, Pasig
(02) 318 58 88

A prime location

Of course, the point of a staycation is to, well, stay in. But when you want to pop out for a bit for lunch or dinner or just a stroll around town, it’s great to have options. F1 Hotel Manila in BGC is within walking distance from Bonifacio High Street, Fort Strip, Serendra, and Burgos Circle. No need to book a car or worry about parking because you can just hop and skip to wherever you need to be and retire to your hotel room right after. Sounds amazing, right?

F1 Hotel Manila
32nd St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
(02) 908 7888

A buffet breakfast for the morning after

There’s nothing quite like digging into a delicious breakfast after a full night of partying with friends. The Strand Cafe at One Pacific Place Serviced Residences is sure to satisfy your craving first thing in the morning for a fresh start.

One Pacific Place Serviced Residences
161 H.V. Dela Costa, Salcedo Village, Makati
(02) 304 7777

Spa time for post-pool shenanigans

An entire day in the pool can tire you out, so a relaxing afternoon at the spa or a nighttime massage before turning in would be a perfect ending. Head to Astoria Plaza’s in-house wellness center, The Fifth Season Spa, for some luxurious treatments with your gal pals, or with your mom and sisters.

Astoria Plaza
15 J. Escriva Drive, Ortigas, Pasig

Gym for working up a sweat

There’s no need to miss out on your workout especially if you’re staycationing with your sweat squad. Taking a swim post-gym can leave you feeling rejuvenated and even speed up recovery. Acacia Hotel Manila boasts of a 24-hour premium fitness center, Acacia Fit, which is fitted with a hot tub and steam room to soothe your muscle and bring you into a state of relaxation.

5400 East Asia Drive cor. Commerce Avenue
Filinvest Corporate City
Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 720 2000
(02) 588 5888

Pet-friendly accommodations

The unfortunate thing about going on a staycation is having to leave behind our furry friends. But the great news is that there are places that actually allow you to enjoy a holiday getaway with your pets! At The Upper Story Serviced Apartments, they have spacious rooms and a roof deck to give your doggo plenty of space to run and play.

Upper Story Serviced Apartments
Centro Tower, 138 N. Domingo Street
Cubao, Quezon City
(02) 230 8188

Full amenities for the hardworking staycationer

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Sometimes, it just can’t be helped that you’ll need to sneak in a few minutes to email a client or finish a business proposal in the middle of your city staycation. So, while your friends are squeezing a workout into the schedule or getting a disco nap before partying all night, you can hie off to Citadines Salcedo's 24-hour business lounge and take advantage of the high-speed internet. After pressing shut down on your work responsibilities, you can join in at the fitness corner or dive into the pool.

Citadines Salcedo Makati
148 Valero St., Salcedo Village
(02) 863 9888
(02) 550 3200

Equal opportunity for active and lazy leisure

Whether you’re the type to lounge on deck chairs to soak up some sun (don’t forget to slather on some SPF!) or someone who can’t go a day without exercising, Somerset Millennium’s pool is perfect for both. Do some laps at the swimming pool or stretch out on a lounge chair with a pair of sunnies and your current read. Either way, it’ll make for a great staycation activity that will help you hit reset with your crew.

Somerset Millennium Makati
104 Aguirre St., Legazpi Village, Makati
(02) 750 7888
(02) 550 3200

Comfort food to start your day with

Did you know that a stay at Somerset Olympia gets you breakfast at Old Swiss Inn? If you ask us, this sounds like the perfect treat after a weekend staycation. Apart from that, the serviced apartment has a fully-equipped kitchen, swimming pool, fitness corner, business center services, and even allows pets for an added fee. If that doesn’t sound like a great deal for a staycation with the gang, we don’t know what is. Makes us want to a book a room right now!

Somerset Olympia Makati
7912 Makati Avenue, Makati
(02) 812 1010
(02) 550 3200

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This article was last edited on March 11, 2019 by the DG Traveler team.

About Macy
Macy Alcaraz is a freelance editor and writer who’s almost always online. She has a tiny notebook where she draws everything she eats on a trip. Read about all her favorite things on

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